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Mike + Jenna {flying high}. Open this post

Sep 19
2011

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Mike + Jenna {flying high}.

Someone once said, “when true love comes, it is like flying upon wings above all else on the ground.” Wish we could properly credit the astute individual who came up with this… for sure it applies to WestJet pilot Mike and his beautiful bride, Jenna. Their July 2nd wedding could not have been any hotter… [...]

Someone once said, “when true love comes, it is like flying upon wings above all else on the ground.” Wish we could properly credit the astute individual who came up with this… for sure it applies to WestJet pilot Mike and his beautiful bride, Jenna. Their July 2nd wedding could not have been any hotter… nor any lovelier. So many gorgeous touches woven into their Nor’Wester Reception and oh so many images to choose from.

Mike + Jenna *front-loaded* their photography session. This is a rather new trend in our industry, but one we think is way cool and totally conducive to low-stress, fun-filled, multi-location shooting. Even before they walked down the aisle, the Bliss team spent three hours clicking away at various different sites…. from a hangar at the airport, to a field filled with lupins to PACI. What it meant was breathing a collective sigh of relief prior to exchanging vows, and knowing they could concentrate fully on the step they were about to take. Front-loading is not a strategy for everyone; but if you can time it appropriately with your other vendors it sure allows us a bucket-load more time to get you all those shots you’ve been dreaming about.

To say this couple has been waiting patiently is an understatement. Mike + Jenna, we thank you for your patience and wish you a lifetime of flying high! p.s. Sam swears that if she would have flown WestJet last week her luggage would not have gone missing!!! {can you guess who the culprit might have been? lol} xo from the Bliss Team {Alvis, Sam + Melissa}

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She’s a big part of my daily inspiration. {Saffron Belle Plavins} Open this post

Aug 20
2011

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She’s a big part of my daily inspiration. {Saffron Belle Plavins}

She’s only three but she’s indeed my little muse. Yuppers. Saffron Belle. a.k.a. *Saffy*. And in case you were wondering, our eldest daughter Piper was in a real princess phase at the time of her wee sister’s arrival… she had the honourable task of coming up with the middle name. We think it is possibly [...]

She’s only three but she’s indeed my little muse. Yuppers. Saffron Belle. a.k.a. *Saffy*. And in case you were wondering, our eldest daughter Piper was in a real princess phase at the time of her wee sister’s arrival… she had the honourable task of coming up with the middle name. We think it is possibly fitting since Saffy also happens to be so cute {guilty as charged: totally biased parents!}

We’ve been away for a few weeks taking some time out of the frenetic wedding schedule to create precious family memories. Actually, it was a last minute wedding cancellation that enabled us to log over 5,000 km in the family car… travelling down to Chicago, through Ohio, up to Niagara, Toronto, Sudbury and back. While the primary purpose of our trip was to bask in the glory of our two little monkies {who, by the way, never ever fight lol}, we also had the honour of shooting several of our client couples who live down south. And while we look forward to posting some really unique work from our clients, this blog is reserved exclusively for those who want their own little dose of inspiration by way of some extremely cute kid pics.

Since we rarely post anything personal on here, a few tidbits about Saffy. And truly, to know her is to love her.

loving. worships her big sister Piper. couldn’t say Piper so calls her Po-Po. obsessed with the Cars movie franchise. obsessed with how things work. a little bit cross-eyed. favourite funny face automatically includes growling sounds. only fruit + veggies in her palette are peas, carrots, apples, strawberries. loves pizza. likes to feel the wind her in face. loves her grampa. loves doggies. wants a doggie. has to do everything by herself. cannot pronounce her “l” sound. as result, her fave colours blue + black come out sounding like b-yew and b-yack. going through what we call her “Stewart phase” {the dude from Mad TV who constantly shows off with a “look what I can do!”}. can sing nearly any song on key. has a pink blankey she calls *Buddy*. wants to be a helicopter when she grows up {that’s right… the actual flying machine, not the pilot}. loves to say “I wuv you”.

Saffy, we wuv you too. This post is dedicated to you, our second little peanut. It’s about time you had a moment in the sun and these pictures capture literally such a beautiful moment of you in the sun on our way home from the Great Road Trip 2011. Circa Agawa Bay, Lake Superior.

p.s. she's not crying here. she's growling like a tiger. yup.

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Rockin’. Rollin’. Jammin’. Picture Takin’. {Coulson Family Photo Session} Open this post

Aug 03
2011

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Rockin’. Rollin’. Jammin’. Picture Takin’. {Coulson Family Photo Session}

Who doesn’t love a repeat customer?! Our dear friends and clients {Ben + Cynthia} were recently back in the Bay for some R+R with family. Now for those who know them well, it will come as no surprise that R+R in their world = some serious rock and roll. So in keeping with the prevalent [...]

Who doesn’t love a repeat customer?! Our dear friends and clients {Ben + Cynthia} were recently back in the Bay for some R+R with family. Now for those who know them well, it will come as no surprise that R+R in their world = some serious rock and roll. So in keeping with the prevalent theme music takes in their lives, we opted for a family photo shoot with some pizazz. Yeah, a little bit o’ attitude. By the time we were done, I was having flash forwards of several show business careers!!

Before getting to their sneak peek, I’ll fill you in on this razzle dazzle fam. At the helm are the hip and suave Benjamin {a.k.a. *Daddy*} and the funky fashionista Cynthia {a.k.a. *Mommy*}. Ben is an environmental engineer in the Toronto area while  Cynthia is a freelance writer and has one of the niftiest mommy blogs currently online {www.crumbsintheminivan.com}. Their beautiful brood is made up of Suvi (aged 9), Max (aged 5) and Finnegan (aged 3). For confidentiality reasons we are keeping mom and dad’s ages a tightly guarded secret lol.

This is a family that loves all things musical and creative. When the weekend rolls around you might find them attending regional music fests and/or regularly jamming in their home. In fact, the word on the street is all members of this clan can rock the air guitar! Another trademark of theirs is ensuring all gatherings/occasions come equipped with a distinct theme. Most recently they hosted a *rockabilly party* for other families in their neighbourhood. Dressing up and just being goofballs also comes with the territory!

And so without any further ado I give you Ben, Cynthia, Suvi, Max and little Finnegan. The latter of whom can do one mean Pee Wee Herman impression. Go team, Coulson! With much love and thanks for your continued support of our own insane family and of course, of this boutique little biz we call *Bliss*. xo –Alvis + Sam

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Ten years of wedded bliss. {Amy + Chris} Open this post

Aug 02
2011

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Ten years of wedded bliss. {Amy + Chris}

Nothing reaffirms our belief in the institution of marriage more than seeing a happily married, over-the-moon-in-love couple after ten years of togetherness. And as far as we can tell, the couple that surfs together… well, they stay together!
Shooting Amy + Chris for their 10-year anniversary was literally our pleasure. Amy has been one of our [...]

Nothing reaffirms our belief in the institution of marriage more than seeing a happily married, over-the-moon-in-love couple after ten years of togetherness. And as far as we can tell, the couple that surfs together… well, they stay together!

Shooting Amy + Chris for their 10-year anniversary was literally our pleasure. Amy has been one of our most vocal champions on Facebook… her own talent in photography and all things creative somehow lead her over to our site. After meeting her in person we concluded that she also happens to be the biggest sweetheart on the planet. This musically-inclined, crafty, mini *Martha* is a Red Seal (Journeyman) Carpenter who teaches “tech” at a local high school. She also holds an HBA in Music and can sing, play piano, guitar, bass and percussion. In fact there are so many layers to Amy that this little paragraph just won’t do her spirit the proper justice it deserves!

But what of her hubby? Who is this Chris dude that has stolen the heart of our blond beauty?

Chris is a Red Seal (Journeyman) Carpenter, and as of May 2011, also a bona fide Civil Engineering graduate from Lakehead. His life is beginning to take on new meaning and focus through this recent accomplishment. According to Amy, he is not only the hardest working human she knows, but he’s also likely the most clever. “Whatever he sets his mind to he achieves. Nothing will ever stand in his way.” In fact, along with four of his peers, this spring he recently won the National Steel Bridge Competition, competing against 47 other US universities, and 1 other Canadian University. To say Amy is a proud wife is the understatement of the year! In Chris’ spare time {we’re like…. “how could he possibly have any in between building bridges and winning prestigious contests?!”} he furthers his own self-taught musical skills {the dude can play guitar, bass and drums}. But what he lives for most {aside from the beautiful Amy} is SURFING. His fave surf partner? We’ll give you one guess.

Naturally a chance to photograph them in their element at a place that held sacred meaning was something we jumped at. This July we accompanied the pair to a beach just outside of Grand Marais, Minnesota where memories of Chris’ romantic proposal played out in Amy’s mind. On that day, they had packed a picnic and Chris surprised her with a re-written version of the song “Beautiful” that he played on his guitar and sang. Moments later he asked her to dig around the sand a bit and lo and behold… she finds the most beautiful buried treasure: her engagement ring. A quick summer wedding was pulled together in a matter of 6 weeks! Craziness!

And so to Amy + Chris, we wish you both a continuation of this beautiful life you’ve created for yourself. The love you have for each other inspires us and no doubt many others. We hope these pictures inspire you. –xo {Alvis + Sam}

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If you can’t imagine life without him, then maybe he’s the one. {Laura + Scott} Open this post

Jul 29
2011

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If you can’t imagine life without him, then maybe he’s the one. {Laura + Scott}

Laura realized she was completely in love with Scott when she couldn’t picture her life without him. And then there was a wedding! While this is über simplifying their story, we have to say right off the bat how thrilled we were to have been a part of this celebration. This couple literally rolled with [...]

Laura realized she was completely in love with Scott when she couldn’t picture her life without him. And then there was a wedding! While this is über simplifying their story, we have to say right off the bat how thrilled we were to have been a part of this celebration. This couple literally rolled with the punches, including a solid dousing of rain, a spontaneous trip to the barn at Gammondale Farm for photos {thank you, Sue Gammond!!!}, and an all-out, bust-a-moves dance-a-thon… just to name a few. And not once did they shy away from any of our crazy ideas. This is, we feel, when we really get to shine as your photographer! Opening yourself up, showing your vulnerability, your goofiness, your overwhelm, your wild side… all of this comes off as the quintessential YOU and makes your imagery that much more authentic. So thank you for letting us do our thing while you did yours.

There are just three things left to say. 1) We wish this blog would have been published a week ago but wordpress issues got the better of us;  2) nurses are incredibly shy and have no idea how to let loose on the dance floor and 3) Scott, you’re one lucky man both in love and also in …. well, you know… er, how about we call it timing! We know you know what we mean! Glad to see you’re on the mend and to the pair of you, please enjoy this preview of your wedding day imagery. We couldn’t be happier for you! Here’s to a lifetime of continued adventure. xo {Alvis, Sam + Melissa}

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their’s was hip. beautiful. whimsical. emotional. {Jen + Nick} Open this post

Jul 16
2011

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their’s was hip. beautiful. whimsical. emotional. {Jen + Nick}

Well, Jen + Nick, you’ve been waiting patiently and at last we are thrilled to finally share this special post with you and your family! Sometimes words do not do justice to bringing back the life and emotion of an event like a wedding. And in this case, there are just four superlatives we’ll throw [...]

Well, Jen + Nick, you’ve been waiting patiently and at last we are thrilled to finally share this special post with you and your family! Sometimes words do not do justice to bringing back the life and emotion of an event like a wedding. And in this case, there are just four superlatives we’ll throw at you to describe our impressions of your Big Day: hip. beautiful. whimsical. emotional.

We are honoured to have been a part of both your Ottawa Engagement session and most recently, your hometown wedding. In looking at these images, it will hopefully become clear why we do what we do {that is, focus on weddings}. Witnessing two people who are over the moon for each other; supported by a cast of genuine best mates, siblings and folks… it just doesn’t get much better. The fact is our Saturdays {and sometimes Fridays} are filled with such happiness and who couldn’t use a weekly dose of that?!!! It’s couples like you who keep us inspired and excited for every wedding that comes down the pipe.

Some stunning work done by our colleagues in the wedding industry. Maggie of Maggie’s Magicals outdid herself bringing Jen’s vision to life: the Fort William Country Club never looked better dazzling in a sea of crystal, soft lights, black linens and drapery offset with the softness of lavender. Speaking of lavender, the flowers were stunning and no real surprise that work was done by the Flower Shed. And finally, we will conclude this post with a poignant highlight reel from Jen + Nick’s wedding movie as shot by Curtis {and Steve!} of Apple Wagon Films.

Jen + Nick: thank you for putting your trust in us and we will see you soon for Valerie + Andrew’s wedding! xo {Alvis, Sam + Melissa}

Before we move to the reception portion of Jen + Nick’s celebration, I thought it would be nifty to see some of their colour scheme and vision pulled together in one collage. Behind every detail was Jennifer’s signature touch and it all culminated at the Fort William Country Club reception.

And please enjoy this highlight reel from the talented Curtis Jensen of Applewagon Films. Congratulations again, Jen + Nick!
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When smashing plates is not only encouraged… it’s cool! {Kaitlyn + John} Open this post

Jul 09
2011

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When smashing plates is not only encouraged… it’s cool! {Kaitlyn + John}

Crowns. Smashing plates. A belly dancer. When Kaitlyn + John approached us to shoot their Big Day, their vision left us both inspired and eager! This is Bliss Pictures’ first Greek Wedding and we definitely hope it will not be the last. We will attempt to bring back some of the unbridled fun from this [...]

Crowns. Smashing plates. A belly dancer. When Kaitlyn + John approached us to shoot their Big Day, their vision left us both inspired and eager! This is Bliss Pictures’ first Greek Wedding and we definitely hope it will not be the last. We will attempt to bring back some of the unbridled fun from this day, but as the old saying goes… you kind of had to be there!

Before we get straight to the good stuff, it’s important to give props to our second shooter, Mr. Sunny Kaura. Sunny flew in from Burlington to assist us with this shoot. He’s in the process of building up his photography portfolio, and should be credited for many of the images our bride + groom are about to see. And naturally because we had a second shooter, this blogpost ranks as our juiciest. There was no way to whittle it down to under 100 images lest we not do justice to retelling their story. So props to Sunny for his fantastic ideas and inspiring shots.

John + Kaitlyn have known each other since high school and if you ask Kate, she’s pretty certain he had one massive crush on her during that time. Eventually John went away to the US for football {he was a linesman for St. Cloud State} and years passed before a twist of fate and a pirate costume brought them together at a Halloween bash. Sparks were flying that night and though Kaitlyn confesses to have played a major game of hard to get, John won her over with his compassion, humour and generosity of spirit. {We can attest to this… dude, you’re one nice fellow!} Always up for some scheme, the two became inseparable and spent three blissful years travelling, hanging out and with John trying desperately to teach Kate the inner workings of football.

Before long, Kate found herself whisked away to Lutsen for a romantic weekend, where her spider senses were tingling when John — always petrified of heights — was easily convinced to ride the gondola up to the look-out. Never will she forget his words “Kaitlyn Natalie Coates, I love you more than anything else in life. Will you marry me?” And as we always say, the rest, is history!

So to our fantastic couple and their equally fantastic wedding party, thanks for giving us a glimpse into your world. We liked it. A lot! Here’s to many more years of bliss… with best wishes from your Bliss Team. xo {Alvis + Sam + Melissa + Sunny}

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Sabrina + Ian’s happily ever after. Open this post

Jul 03
2011

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Sabrina + Ian’s happily ever after.

Sabrina + Ian have spent the last 6 years gazing into each other’s eyes. Ok, they’d probably roll their eyes at that one. But you get the drift! They were blissfully married on June 4th with 300 of their greatest fans cheering them on. Their’s is a simple love story… and we were privy to [...]

Sabrina + Ian have spent the last 6 years gazing into each other’s eyes. Ok, they’d probably roll their eyes at that one. But you get the drift! They were blissfully married on June 4th with 300 of their greatest fans cheering them on. Their’s is a simple love story… and we were privy to the abridged version which we’re excited to share with you!

Having met in high school, Sabrina + Ian became fast friends and eventually started dating. It took some time for Sabrina to quit with the playing hard to get strategy… but eventually she caved and they have been together ever since. In her words, it was as straightforward as this: “met the families. Got engaged. Were engaged for a year and a half. Bought a house. Got married. Moved in together!” Alrighty, then! And when they’re not hanging out and goofing off together, you just might find her out shopping and him on the golf course.

Sabrina: your family was so much fun {your mom rocked!} and they were so gracious to us. I think I’m still full from that incredible post-ceremony/pre-reception feast!! Both Sunny and I agree that we could not have asked for a more laid-back, open-minded couple. Thank you for putting your faith in the Bliss team. We hope you enjoy this preview of your wedding day imagery and look forward to completing your package! With best wishes…. Alvis + Sunny

As most of my clients will attest, it’s no secret I have a fascination with documenting the little details. In Sabrina’s case, everything could be described as luscious! The dress. The lace. Her smoky eyeshadow. The shiny, black, patent leather tuxedo shoes donned by Ian’s groomsmen.

After the St. Dominic’s marriage ceremony, it was off to a blockbuster three-part photo session with the wedding crew. We’ll call the fist segment “Wedding Party Rocks Some Colourful Umbrellas that were Kept on Hand [Just in Case]“. For this part of the shoot we booted on over to Mission Island. At this time I’d also like to send a huge shout-out to our special guest photographer, Sunny Kaura; who flew in from Toronto to spend a week with the Bliss Team to trade work-flow intel and partake in some mutual lens envy. Sabrina + Ian therefore had the pleasure of nearly double the images shot during their day; with Sunny capturing the majority of all the candid shots {we cannot wait for the happy couple to see!}. Sunny is in the early stages of his photography career and there is no doubt in my mind he’ll be impossible to book before long.

Then it was off to a secluded bay for some isolated shots of our happy couple. This part of the photo session we will dub “You Want Us to Go in the Water?? Really? Alrighty-then!” segment. Props to both Sabrina + Ian for throwing caution to the wind and walking right into Lake Superior.

Segment Three of Sabrina + Ian’s photo shoot we are affectionately calling the “How’s your Handicap at the Simpson St. Golf Course?” This section needs no further explanation. Applause to the confused drivers of Thunder Bay who honked and patiently moved on as we took a moment to pay homage to Ian’s beloved sport.

After brushing up on her caddy skills, Sabrina whisked Ian and the wedding party away to their 300 person reception at the DaVinci Centre. At this point all caution was thrown to the wind, cares were tossed aside and everyone just let loose. This was a group that knew how to have fun!

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Don’t knock Facebook until you try it. You just never know who you’ll reconnect with! Open this post

Jun 06
2011

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Don’t knock Facebook until you try it. You just never know who you’ll reconnect with!

Sometimes we’re asked if the stories ever get old. In fact, very recently I was asked point blank: “Dude! How can you not be cynical yet? You know 50% of all these couples aren’t gonna make it!” But to the naysayers, I shrug my shoulders and confess that this *dude* is a romantic at heart. [...]

Sometimes we’re asked if the stories ever get old. In fact, very recently I was asked point blank: “Dude! How can you not be cynical yet? You know 50% of all these couples aren’t gonna make it!” But to the naysayers, I shrug my shoulders and confess that this *dude* is a romantic at heart. The sappier, the better, I say. And as for whirlwind romances? Bring them on. The camera loves love no matter how it came to be.

So that was my lead in to the story of Jen + Nick. A couple with a distinct amount of sass and presently involved in their own version of the quintessential whirlwind romance. Nick + Jen live in Ottawa and are returning to the Bay to cement their relationship in stone in just 11 days {we’re counting right down with you, guys!}. Technically they first met back in high school {“I was much too shy to go talk to him since he was so cute!”} and finally managed to exchange words during a chance encounter over yearbook photos in the cafeteria. But that was 1999 and their story only really begins in 2007.

So what gives?!! {Yes, we wanted to know, too!}

Well, along came this nifty little social networking tool that drifted into Jen’s world. It was 2007 and within an hour of reluctantly creating her very own Facebook account, she received a message from Nick saying “hey! I’m back in town and having a BBQ!” And who doesn’t love a good BBQ?! As luck would have it, the weather turned sour and that BBQ ultimately turned into the discovery of their mutual love for sambuca shooters at Jack’s. {insert a little giggle. had another couple last year that came together over a mutual passion for tequila shots.} At any rate, it wasn’t too long into their casual dating that Jen + Nick discovered they were pretty much inseparable. Never an awkward moment or a lull in the conversation, they could sit and yack all night. It was almost as though they they had been best friends their whole lives.

Here’s our fave part of their story… Having only been seriously dating for 3 weeks, Nick was offered a job he couldn’t refuse in Ottawa and asked Jen to come with him. She took that giant leap of faith, left TBay and has never looked back. Some would say that was crazy! We say AWESOME. Because sometimes you just have to leap and the net will appear. Two years ago Nick proposed to Jen at the beautiful market place restaurant in Ottawa, *Vittoria Trattoria*. She was completely unaware of his plans and when he casually asked if there was anything she’d like to see change in their relationship, all that came to mind was him putting his clothes in the hamper instead of leaving them all over the place. But alas her answer was, “nope! Things are perfect.” To which he responded, “well, what if things were to change and you’d be my wife?” Naturally the ring came out and jubilant yes’s ensued.

And so to all the Facebook haters out there; take it from us. You just never know who you might bump into again. For Jen + Nick, that crazy {and sometimes annoying} social media tool turned out to be the best version of cupid they could ask for.

Jen + Nick, hope you enjoy these images from your E-session in Ottawa this past May. Thanks for all your patience, and we cannot wait to roll up our sleeves and lay out the framework for documenting your wedding. Oh, and Jen, Sam says “Remain calm. It will all get done!” — Congrats from Alvis, Sam + Melissa

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Diners. Milkshakes. Flirty hair tossing. A return to where it all began. {Laura + Jan} Open this post

May 31
2011

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Diners. Milkshakes. Flirty hair tossing. A return to where it all began. {Laura + Jan}

If you ever want to catch a really authentic glimpse into a couple’s life, tag along on a date with them sometime. Three weeks ago, we had just that opportunity and followed Laura + Jan around the beautiful cityscape of Ottawa, camera in tow, casually clicking away as they laughed, smooched, joked, and gazed lovingly [...]

If you ever want to catch a really authentic glimpse into a couple’s life, tag along on a date with them sometime. Three weeks ago, we had just that opportunity and followed Laura + Jan around the beautiful cityscape of Ottawa, camera in tow, casually clicking away as they laughed, smooched, joked, and gazed lovingly at each other. We even returned to the *scene of the crime*…. also known as how it all began. And it goes a little something like this:

Mutual friends had been hounding them to connect on the hunch they would hit it off. Finally surrendering to the pressure, these two now lovebirds agreed and had their first date at a trendy/cozy little restaurant in Ottawa. Friendship and attraction grew into love and before long the conversations turned to marriage. {Naturally we are WAY oversimplifying this!}

Although Laura + Jan are both very private people, what we do know is that they actually travelled great distances to find each other. Jan was born in Prague, but grew up in Kuwait, later Phoenix and then Ottawa, where he currently works in the medical field for the government. Laura has become the missing puzzle piece in his life.  In between training for his various triathlons, Jan takes great delight in helping Laura with her tennis game. Conversely, she coaches him with his running and now together they are even working on some slick dance moves for their upcoming wedding!

Paramount to Laura + Jan’s relationship is a mutual interest in celebrating their respective cultures. With Laura’s Finnish-Canadian background, Jan is learning to withstand the Finnish Sauna {and we’re told his time *in there* is significantly improving!} and also enjoy frequent helpings of Karjalan Pirakkas {naturally, made by Laura}. And with Jan’s Czech-International heritage, Laura has sampled his famous Schnitzel and is learning to bake the most incredible Czech Christmas cookies.

All this aside, these two busy professionals are now planning the wedding of their dreams back here in Thunder Bay this Fall. And this isn’t just any wedding; in fact it’s kind of special for us, too!

You see Laura’s mother is Rev. Deborah Kraft of St. Paul’s Anglican Church; a church that is near and dear to our hearts. But Rev. Deborah herself is also dear to our hearts. She has performed countless wedding ceremonies over the years and we can personally attest to her caring and respectful nature, along with the passion she exudes in talking about love and marriage. And if that’s not enough to get our attention, Jan’s mother — a classically trained opera singer — will be sharing her special gifts at the church that day, as well.

Laura + Jan, we’re honoured that you’ve asked us to document this momentous occasion. We are counting down right alongside you… In the meantime, please enjoy this handful of images from your Ottawa E-session. P.S. in case you are wondering how Laura’s back bends that way {trust us, you’ll wonder!}, she is a classically trained ballerina who, despite pursuing a career in law, never lost her turnout nor her incredible flexibility!

xo — Alvis + Sam

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